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The 2017 Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference will be June 14-15 at the Grand River Center in Dubuque. This premier conference will focus on nutrition and management to improve cow performance, foot health and overall cow health, in addition to other topics.

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Dairy Iowa members and friends will meet on June 8 at the Heartland Agribition Center located at 2600 Swan lake Blvd. in Independence, Iowa. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. and The new Dairy Iowa Chairman Kurt Wierda will made welcoming comments and introductions at 10 a.m.

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When we think of temperature stress on calves, the common concern is cold, but as temperatures are moving to the 900F mark this week, producers need to remember soaring summer temperatures, hot sun, and high humidity can cause heat stress in calves and heifers just as in the milking herd. Reduced feed intake and increased maintenance energy needs coupled with lowered immunity can lead to poor growth, higher susceptibility to disease, and in extreme cases death.

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  • Iowa Milk Production Up 3 Percent From August 2016
    Milk production in Iowa during August 2017 totaled 434 million pounds, up 3 percent from the previous August according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service Milk Production report. The average number of milk cows during August, at 217,000 head, was the same as last month and 3,000 more than last year. Monthly production […]
  • Fall Tour: Iowa and South Dakota Dairymen Invite Other Producers To See How They Do It
    Dairy producers along the I-29 region including Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota are invited to attend the “Implementing Technology for Farm and Family Success” tour of South Dakota and Iowa dairies on Monday, November 13. The tour is sponsored by the 1-29 Moo University. The buss will leave the Denny Sanford Premier Center complex […]
  • Weekly Hay Auction Report
    Rock Valley Hay Auction for Thursday, Sep 14, 2017 Receipts:  83 loads    Last Week:  75 loads    Last Year:  94 loads Compared to last week:   Alfalfa sold lower, grass hay steady to lower.  Bedding materials slightly lower. Alfalfa:  Premium:  Large Rounds and Squares, 4 loads 120.00. Good:  Large Rounds and Squares, 8 loads 95.00-112.50.  Fair:  Small […]
  • “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? -Dairy Edition” Set For Sept. 19 & 26
    Please mark your calendars for noon webinars on September 19 and 26. Join the ISU Extension and Outreach Dairy Team as Dr. Larry Tranel, ISU Extension and Outreach Dairy Specialist hosts “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. These webinars will include how to analyze a dairy for profits and the profitability of various dairy systems […]
  • WASDE Forecast Milk Production Up; Price Down
    The World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates from USDA this week raised the milk production forecast for 2017 as increases in milk per cow more than offset a slower rate of milk cow expansion. For 2017, fat basis exports is reduced from the previous month on slowing cheese shipments, while fat basis imports are raised […]
  • Future of Leopold Center to be Discussed Sept. 19 At Dordt College
    A listening session to gather input on the future of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture will be held Tuesday, September 19, 2017, from 6 to 8 pm at Dordt College in Sioux Center, IA. The listening session will be held on the third floor of the Campus Center of Dordt College in rooms CA318 […]
  • Veterinarians From Denmark Visit Northwest Iowa Dairies
    Veterinarians Edwin and Rikke Engelbrecht visited three Northwest Iowa dairies on their way to the American Association of Bovine Practitioners annual conference in Omaha, Nebraska last week. The Engelbrechts have a multi-clinic practice in Denmark that specializes in dairy health. They consult with herds across Europe, with Nikke specializing in calf and heifer issues while […]
  • Siouxland Dairy Lenders Seminar Set For Nov. 2
    All agricultural lenders will receive useful information during the Siouxland Dairy Lender’s Seminar on Thursday, November 2 at the Forrester Community Center in Rock Rapids, Iowa. Lenders who serve agricultural clients and especially lenders who work with dairymen in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota are encouraged to attend. This year’s focus is on market […]
  • Weekly Hay Auction Report
    Rock Valley Hay Auction for Thursday, Aug 18, 2017 Receipts:  82 loads    Last Week:  73 loads    Last Year:  100 loads Compared to last week:   Prices were generally steady, with firmer undertones noted for the higher quality alfalfa and grass.  Alfalfa and grass quality varied today.  Straw sold steady. Alfalfa:  Premium:  Large Squares, 2 loads 135.00-140.00; […]
  • Sen. Ernst Spends Morning Listening To NW Iowa Dairyman
    Last week Senator Joni Ernst met with Northwest Iowa Dairyman Lee Maassen at the family dairy near Maurice. The Senator and her entourage toured the dairy and then sat down with the family to share ideas on what Washington can do to help area dairymen. The walking tour included stops in the milking parlor, milk […]

Rock Valley Hay Auction for Thursday, Apr 27, 2017

Receipts:  82 loads    Last Week:  71 loads    Last Year:  49 loads

Alfalfa:  Good:  Large Squares, 6 loads 95.00-110.00; Large Rounds, 1 load 102.50. Fair:   Large Squares, 4 loads 75.00-87.50; Large Rounds, 22 loads 67.50-87.50.

Grass:  Premium:  Large Rounds, 2 loads 112.50-115.00.  Good:  Large Squares, 1 load 90.00; Large Rounds, 6 loads 80.00-102.50; Small Squares, 3 loads 90.00-97.50.  Fair:  Large Rounds, 24 loads 67.50-77.50; Small Squares, 108 bales at 2.50 per bale. Utility:  Large Rounds, 1 load 47.50.

Alfalfa/Grass Mix:  Good:  Large Squares, 1 load 107.50.  Fair:  Large Squares, 3 loads 82.50-85.00; Large Rounds, 1 load 87.50.

Straw:  Large Squares, 1 load 70.00.  Large Rounds, 1 load 72.50.

Cornstalks:  Large Squares, 1 load 30.00.  Large Rounds, 3 loads 32.50-40.00.

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While horn flies and face flies are most commonly found on cattle in pastures, stable flies and house flies are more commonly found on cattle at the dairy. House flies are a nuisance for workers and cattle, often indicating a general sanitation problem. Stable flies, deer flies and horse flies, feed on blood from the back and legs, with stable flies having a long, bayonet-like proboscis that causes a painful sting.

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The Sioux County Dairy Board has scholarships available for high school seniors and college students. The deadline for both scholarships is May 1, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact siouxcountydairy@gmail.com.

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